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What Are the Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex and suspect you might be pregnant, you’ll no doubt be wondering about the early signs of an unexpected pregnancy. Identifying can be tricky, as every woman’s experience differs slightly. Also, many women may not experience any early signs at all.

Here’s a list of things to look out for if you suspect you may be pregnant.

Missed Period

This is the most common sign of a pregnancy. If a week or more has gone by and you haven’t experienced your period, you may be pregnant. However, it can be difficult to ascertain if you experience irregular cycles.

Sensitive and Swollen Breasts

Tender or swollen breasts is another early pregnancy symptom. This change is due to hormonal changes that occur at the beginning of pregnancy. While this can cause discomfort, it typically lessens after a few weeks as your body adapts to the new hormonal levels.

Feeling nauseous, sometimes accompanied by vomiting 

Often referred to as morning sickness, it can happen at any time of the day or night and usually starts one to two months after conception. The onset and intensity of nausea can vary; some women might experience it earlier, while others might not have it at all. The exact reasons for nausea during pregnancy are not fully understood, but it's believed that pregnancy hormones are a contributing factor.

Frequent Urination

Frequent urination is a common occurrence during pregnancy. As the blood volume in your body rises, your kidneys work harder to filter the additional fluid, making more fluid processed. This increases the need to urinate more often than you normally would.

Other Symptoms

There are a variety of other symptom that you may experience, such as the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating
  • Light spotting
  • Cramping
  • Food aversions
  • Constipation
  • Nasal congestion

Again, early signs and symptoms are difficult because many of them are not unique to pregnancy.

Get Answers

Luckily, you don’t have to rely on these ambiguous signs to determine if you’re pregnant. Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic provides a free medical-grade pregnancy test to help you get the answers you seek.

Schedule an appointment today with our compassionate team, who can provide a safe and confidential environment for you to get a pregnancy test and discuss your options after you’ve got your results.